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Redmi 5 plus Review – 4GB RAM + 64GB storage and 4,000mAh (non-removable)


The Redmi 5 plus should clearly have been the Note 5, a successor of the Redmi Note 4, however Xiaomi wanted a clean slate. The fifth generation is making an attempt to shake things up and therefore the New Look clearly demanded a brand new name. So, Xiaomi retired the Note brand promoting the plus from a mere qualifier to a proper name. The phablet lives on regardless, and goes all-in with a wide 6″ screen.

Redmi 5 plus Review

‘Tis the season of tall screens and Xiaomi is the next maker to travel 18:9 within the midrange yet. both the Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 plus have wide screens and both build on the predecessor’s 5.5″ diagonal with 5.7″ and 5.99″ respectively. The Redmi 5 plus might have received a fairly obvious upgrade, however that is nearly all that is new. The 5 plus keeps the snapdragon 625 chip and 4,000mAh battery of the Redmi Note 4. The previous 5MP selfie camera stays too, while the rear cam currently has larger pixels however smaller aperture.

Redmi 5 plus Review


The Redmi 5 Plus comes wrapped in an all-red cardboard box. Just as nearly every single Redmi before it, the 5 Plus is bundled with a 10W charger (5V/2A) and a microUSB cable. Xiaomi also provides a transparent rubber case, but we almost missed it as it was packed with the quick start guides, which no one cares about, right?

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus Key specs

Body: Metal unibody, 2.5D glass front

Screen: 5.99″ IPS LCD, 1080p (403ppi); Gorilla Glass (undisclosed version)

Chipset: Snapdragon 625, 8x Cortex-A53@2.0GHz, Adreno 506

Memory: 3/4GB RAM + 32/64GB storage, Hybrid microSD slot

Camera: 12MP, f/2.2, PDAF, 1080p video @ 30fps

Selfie cam: 5 MP, 1080p video @ 30fps

OS: Android 7.1.2 Nougat, MIUI 9 on top

Battery: 4,000mAh (non-removable)

Connectivity: Hybrid Dual Nano-SIM (hybrid microSD slot); LTE Cat4 150/50 Mbps support; Wi-Fi g/b/n; Bluetooth 4.1; GPS with GLONASS; FM radio; 3.5mm audio jack; microUSB port

Misc: Fingerprint reader


  • The screen is great
  • The performance is adequate
  • Superb battery life
  • The main camera produces very good pictures and vids
  • Bargain price


  • Recycled design
  • Aging chipset
  • No Oreo at launch
  • Limited availability
The Redmi 5 Plus brings a single new feature over the Redmi Note 4, the wide screen. We can see how it may not be enough to justify upgrading, so Redmi Note 4 owners might as well decide to sit tight and wait for Nougat. Everyone else looking for a reasonably priced phablet might want to give the 5 Plus a good look.


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